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After just four years, Apple overtakes Nokia as world's largest smartphone manufacturer

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After just four years, Apple overtakes Nokia as world's largest smartphone manufacturer
Strategy Analytics latest report shows that after a short four years, Apple has become the world's largest manufacturer of smartphones based on volume. The industry as a whole shipped 110 million units in the second quarter, up a remarkable 76% year-over-year. Apple, with an 18.5% share of the market, became the leader in the first quarter based on revenue, and now adds to that the top spot in the number of units shipped.

On the back of a very strong performance by the Samsung Galaxy S II, Korean based Samsung sold 19.2 million units in Q2 to finish behind Apple's 20.3 million total. The Cupertino based company saw its share of the world smartphone market rise 5% from last year's second quarter figure. Nokia dropped from first to third over the last year as its share of the global smartphone market dropped sharply from 38.1% to 15.2%. It is going to take a earth-shattering new smartphone from the Finnish based firm to turn things around, and not even Nokia's CEO is counting on the MeeGo flavored N9 to do the job.

As we reported, the Samsung Galaxy S II has sold 5 million units in 85 days and has become the hottest smartphone on earth at the moment. This has allowed the company to sharply increase its share of the world's smartphone market to 17.5% from a paltry 5% the year before. The Galaxy S II has amassed these great numbers before it has sold one unit in the States where demand has been building up for the model, which will be available on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint next month. In September, Apple's next-generation iPhone is supposedly going to be launched. Both of these U.S. releases will certainly have some impact on the Q3 global smartphone statistics.

source: StrategyAnalytics via AppleInsider

Apple has taken over the top spot among global smartphone producers by volume

Apple has taken over the top spot among global smartphone producers by volume


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posted on 29 Jul 2011, 10:08 11

1. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Congrats to Apple, I suppose. While I don't find an iPhone appealing, they obviously have appealed to the masses and from a business standpoint that's all that matters. Though, I am not a big fan of Apple, I can give respect where respect is due, this is a pretty great accomplishment. Without Apple, I don't think smartphones would be where they are today for better or for worse.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 10:09 4

2. pete7625 (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)


Good job Apple!

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 23:34 1

70. pete7625 (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)


not really sure how my three little words got two thumbs down. Lol.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 10:17 5

3. Laurynas (unregistered)


Apple: 20.3 - 8.4 = 11.9

Samsung: 19.2 - 3.1 = 16.1

16.1 (Samsung) > 11.9 (Apple)

Seems that Samsung moves faster than Apple.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 10:58 9

4. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You put together random numbers to show what?

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 11:34 7

8. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow, so basically if the galaxyS2 was availible in america, samsung would be STOMPING apple in phone sales. This may be Apples last quarter at phone dominance. :)

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 11:40 6

10. Laurynas (unregistered)


Seems that, YES!

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 12:31 2

15. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


im sure apple wont see any sales boost from their new phone either.

actually, we are yet to see the full boom of vzw getting nessy. many were disappointed that they got the already dated iphone 4, so this will be a huge sales quarter for apple, maybe its biggest yet.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 13:40 1

26. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@eyephoner. Facts contradict what you're saying. The iphone4 received higher customer satisfaction ratings and lower return rates. So how can you say that many Verizon users of the ip4 are disappointed?

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 09:41 2

55. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Cuz they're all drunk on koolaid, that's why.

For God's sake, 2/3's of them think they are using a 4G phone.

How hard is it really to satisfy a customer who is THAT clueless?

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 13:21 3

21. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Let's just wait for the iPhone 5 to demolish those numbers. The fact that those are sales mainly from the iPhone 4 is pretty damn amazing. Don't get too excited over there buddy

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 09:44 2

56. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


The only thing getting demolished when the iPhone 5 comes out are its speed test scores:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCf0-MQswCo

The iPhone 5 is going to use the same chip as the iPad2. The Galaxy S II *already* wipes the floor with the Ipad 2 when it comes to web page rendering speed tests.

That's a MOBILE PHONE kicking a TABLET's arse!

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 13:37

25. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@remix. And if Apple released the iphone5 in June, it would've even sold more :)

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 15:31 1

44. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


gemini,
I guess we will just have to see what happens when the SGS2 will be head to head with the iphone5.

My guss is the i5 will have the edge in sales since it will supposedly be on every carrier and at that point, not be as saturated as the sgs2 since the sgs2 has been out a few months now..

... everywhere EXCEPT AMERICA!!!! ugh!! lol

maybe we should have an SGS3 vs iphone5? :)

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 09:49 1

57. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Actually, AAPL analyst cheer leaders were all cheering to buy their over priced stock since the iPhone would be sold on 2 networks instead of one, so sales would double!

But VZ has been selling the iphone 4 for 3 quarters now, what are the REAL numbers?

AAPL reported selling 20m iphones.

VZ reported selling about 2m of those phones.

Hmmm, so that means VZ only added about 10% to their total sales.

So much for "double" the pent up demand!

Everyone on Tmobile who wants an iphone already has one.

I doubt Sprint users will care for the iphone because Sprint has a much better selection of 4G phones than VZ.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 11:39

9. Laurynas (unregistered)


Actually they are from the table (which is posten in current news) and it is Global Smartphone Vendor Shipments (millions).

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 14:33

41. Laurynas (unregistered)


Actually they are from the table (which is posten in current news) and it is Global Smartphone Vendor Shipments (millions).

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 11:07 4

5. ryq (unregistered)


i dont own an iphone but all the people i know who have one, and they are many of them, only one complain about it while the rest were all praising it. samsung may move faster but apple started it all. they make owning smartphone looks cool! anyway, samsung just copying apple.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 11:16 7

6. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


oh wow... i better get an iphone with 2007 technology to be cool too!! Im just going to through away my 1.2ghz, 768 mb RAM android because this smartphone doesnt make me look cool!! /sarcasm

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 12:22 4

14. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Your phone still performs like s**t tho. Even with your octacore processors.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 12:31 3

16. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


atleast it performs better than any iphone even if jailbroken... i can even have more storage memory if i wnted too..
my phone may perform like s**t compared to other androids but against your crappy iphone or berry (dont give a s**t) it will dominate !

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 12:02

60. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


If by "sh!t" you mean it can render webpages FASTER than an ipad 2 TABLET:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCf0-MQswCo

Then, I'd rather have my sh!t, non-trendy but gets the sh~t done phone over your trendy iphone anyday!

ROTFLMAO!!!

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 13:13 2

19. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


and the iPhone's technology still outperforms your Galaxy phone and leaves it in the dust

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 13:25 2

22. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


lol no it doesnt.. my isheep buddy owns an iphone 4 and it does not perform better than my galaxy, or my htc sensation...
even the camara on it sucks

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 13:35 2

24. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


lol another dillusional android fanatic. you probably dont even own a smart phone. just another broke idiot with an envTouch trying to convince people its an android phone because it works about as equally terrible.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 14:03 3

33. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


how do you know that?? soo because i dont have an iphone i dont have a smart phone?? your an idiot ...

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 14:14

34. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


actually you're the idiot

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 14:24 3

38. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


and your the retard

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 13:44 2

28. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I've used both and Galaxy is like using a clearance product compared to the iPhone. iPhone is way ahead of Samsung in all metrics. It's well documented.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 14:23 1

37. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


the only thing i agree the iphone is better than the galaxy is that little screen.. otherwise your iphone is crap

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